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  • BS in Education


    Drexel's accredited online Bachelor of Science in Education is a part-time program designed to help students with previous college experience prepare for PK-4 elementary teacher certification.

    The estimated time to complete the program is ten terms (2.5 years,) which is the time needed to complete the Education course sequence. Program completion time may be longer depending upon the number of accepted transfer credits and the number of courses you take each quarter. This program is only available on a part-time basis.

    You may choose a concentration in either PreK-4 or PreK-4 & Special Education certification programs.

    State Certification

    Drexel's program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education under its rigorous guidelines for teacher certification preparation programs. Students who complete the program are recommended for Pennsylvania elementary education (PK-4) certification. In most cases, Pennsylvania's rigorous certification guidelines provide for a smooth transition of certification to other states.

    Some states may require additional course work or exams prior to obtaining their teacher certificate. Since requirements are constantly evolving in most states, please be sure to confirm any reciprocity agreements with your home state's certifying agency. Certification reciprocity assists in obtaining your certification in another state, but you still must meet the receiving state's certification requirements. Specific state information is available through The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification’s website.

    Student Teaching

    Teacher certification requires twelve consecutive weeks of full-day student teaching and an additional 190 hours of in-school pre-student teaching activities embedded into pedagogy courses throughout the program.

    Non-Certification Option

    Those not planning to pursue PK-4 teaching positions are not required to complete the student teaching placement and alternate pedagogy courses are substituted for student teaching.

    For questions, please contact:

    David Appleton
    Program Manager

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program allows transfer of up to 135 quarter credits (equivalent to 90 semester credits) from any accredited institution of higher learning as long as the grade is a C or better. Most credits will fulfill liberal arts or general classes. 

      General Education/Content Requirements 
      BIO 100Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
      BIO 101Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution3.0
      CHEM 111General Chemistry I4.0
      COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
      COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
      ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
      ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
      ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
      ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
      ENVS 260Environmental Science and Society3.0
      HIST 276The History of Philadelphia3.0
      MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
      MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
      MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.0
      MUSC 130Introduction to Music3.0
      NFS 100Nutrition, Foods, and Health2.0
      PHYS 151Applied Physics3.0
      PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
      PSY 320Educational Psychology3.0
      PSY 330Cognitive Psychology3.0
      SOC 335Sociology of Education I3.0
      UNIV T101The Drexel Experience2.0
      English (Literature) elective course between 200-3293.0
      Free electives15.0
      Pedagogy Requirements 
      EDEX 142Special Education Foundations: Referral and Assessment3.0
      EDEX 244Inclusionary Practices for Exceptional Students3.0
      EDEX 246Literacy and Content Skill Development PreK-83.0
      EDUC 101Foundations in Education I: A Historical and Philosophical Perspective3.0
      EDUC 105Freshman Pedagogy Seminar (enroll 3 times)3.0
      EDUC 120Child Development I: Typical Development3.0
      EDUC 121Child Development II: Atypical Development3.0
      EDUC 205Sophomore Pedagogy Seminar1.0
      EDUC 210Early Language Development3.0
      EDUC 216Diversity and Today's Teacher3.0
      EDUC 236Early Literacy I3.0
      EDUC 265Instructing English Language Learners3.0
      EDUC 305Junior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
      EDUC 306Assessment of Young Children I3.0
      EDUC 308Creating a Positive Classroom Climate3.0
      EDUC 312Educational Policy, Law & Advocacy3.0
      EDUC 314Science Teaching Methods3.0
      EDUC 316Teaching in Urban Contexts 3.0
      EDUC 324Current Research in Curriculum & Instruction3.0
      EDUC 325Multimedia in Instructional Design3.0
      EDUC 326Language Arts Processes3.0
      EDUC 335Engaging the Learner3.0
      EDUC 336Early Literacy II3.0
      EDUC 338Expressive Arts for PK-43.0
      EDUC 355Social Studies Teaching Methods3.0
      EDUC 405Senior Pedagogy Seminar1.0
      EDUC 411Family and Community Partnerships3.0
      MTED 417Mathematics Methods and Content: Early Childhood3.0
      MTED 418Mathematics Methods and Content3.0
      Student Teaching Experience 
      EDUC 409Student Teaching Seminar I9.0
      EDUC 410Student Teaching9.0
      Total Credits180.0

      View sample plans of study for PK-4 and PK-4 & Special Ed
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      Admissions Criteria

      • A minimum of 24 previous college credits with a grade of C or better in courses taken within the last 10 years, or a grade of B or better in courses taken more than 10 years ago
      • College GPA of 2.5 or above (cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be achieved by end of program to obtain PA state teaching certification)

      Required Documents

      With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

      • A completed application
      • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
      • Additional requirements for International Students


      The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $457 per credit. (A 40% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $761 per credit)

      • This rate applies only to new online students.
        • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
      • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


      Academic Calendar

      Classes Begin 
      Classes End 
      Exams Begin 
      Exams End 

      Fall 2015     

      September 21, 2015

      December 5, 2015

      December 7, 2015

      December 12, 2015

      Winter 2016 

      January 4, 2016

      March 14, 2016

      March 15, 2016

      March 19, 2016

      Spring 2016 

      March 28, 2016

      June 6, 2016

      June 7, 2016

      June 10, 2016

      Summer 2016 

      June 20, 2016

      August 29, 2016

      August 30, 2016

      September 3, 2016

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